Social Security Administration

Eliminate Retroactive SSI

We should not be giving retroactive needs based benefits. Logically it makes no sense to give retroactive benefits for a program that is intended to meet CURRENT and basic needs. In addition, we could save agency time and money by not having to conduct pre-effectuation reviews. It takes a lot of agency time and money to develop the income and resources and living arrangements for retroactive benefits. We have to control the release of underpayments and when children are involved, agency time and money is wasted overseeing dedicated accounts, misuse of funds, etc. All of this could be avoided if we simply elimated the payment of these retroactive funds.

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Idea No. 16117